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Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Andy Warhol

“Something was happening and everybody knew it. I can tell you one thing: it was a lot of fun.”

With these lines Jeannette Montgomery Barron opens “Scene,” the book of intense photographic portraits of artists, gallerists, critics, dealers, and personalities from the New York art world in the 1980s. Arriving in New York as a very young photographer in the late 1970s, the artist experienced the art scene of the city as both an insider and an outsider.

The development of critical “post modernist” awareness was expressed in a context where the private sector was increasingly growing in importance for artistic production. There was an almost frantic search for new talents. And for the first time, even very young artists became real stars, such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Artistic success became linked to the concept of celebrity.

Running from May 4 – July 31, 2014, the exhibition includes portraits of John Ahearn, Donald Baechler, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mike Bidlo, Ross Bleckner, James Brown, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Moira Dryer, Eric Fischl, Fischli & Weiss, Julio Galan, Leon Golub, Peter Halley, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Alex Katz, Barbara Kruger, Annette Lemieux, Robert Mapplethorpe, McDermott & McGough, Luigi Ontani, Rene Ricard, David Salle, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, David Shapiro, Cindy Sherman, Starn Twins, Philip Taaffe, Rigoberto Torres, and Andy Warhol.

Collezione Maramotti
Via Fratelli Cervi 66
42124 Reggio Emilia — Italy
+39 0522 382484
For more information on the exhibition

Opening reception:
Saturday, May 3, 2014
6.00 pm

Browse Jeannette’s “Portraits from the 1980s” at ClampArt
See all of Jeannette’s photographs at ClampArt


Blog post by:
Brian Paul Clamp, Director